7 Things You Won’t Learn About POTS From WebMD

POTS causes my blood pressure to drop when I stand, resulting in passing out and scaring anyone unprepared to witness it. Patients with POTS are also commonly diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy and experience extreme fatigue, lightheadedness, fainting, shaking, headaches, heart palpitations, exercise intolerance, nausea, diminished concentration, coldness or pain in the extremities, chest pain and shortness of breath.

But back in 2008, Pots were just things my family cooked with and no doctors could figure out what was wrong with me. It took two and a half years and twenty-five doctors until one incredible cardiologist turned to me and said, “I know what you have.” I went straight to the internet. However, there have been so many things over the past ten years that websites like WebMD could never have prepared me for. Here are some of them.

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Is Marijuana the Key to Fewer Opioid Prescriptions?

As the U.S. experiences the most opioid overdoses in history, states that have legalized marijuana report a decline in fills of opioid drug prescriptions. While these two data points may be true, the natural next question of correlation beckons. Could marijuana use among pain patients be the reason, and would an expanded legalization yield extrapolated benefits?

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Vital Facts About Trump Opioid Crisis Emergency Plan

President Trump recently declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, ignoring the recommendation of his opioid commission and breaking the promise to sign a national emergency declaration over the summer. Can the U.S. response to this crisis really be funded by $57,000 and taking back money already disbursed for HIV/AIDS treatment and training laid-off workers?

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Lady Gaga: When Nobody Believes You

Lady Gaga recently found out firsthand that women who report extreme pain and fatigue have historically been branded “hysterical”. Learn about her new fibromyalgia diagnosis and the chronic fatigue syndrome story of a Harvard PhD student and new filmmaker, Jennifer Brea, who said her body had failed on her.

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